Installing new front seats, April 2003
After 12 years of daily driving, the seats on my Renegade
were getting tired. Foam had begun to break down, and the drivers'seat was very worn. It was time for new seats, and why
not go all the way and install heated front seats?
The first thing to do is remove the old seats. The directions say to unbolt the sliders. This is incorrect for a 1991
Wrangler. The nuts are welded to the seat risers, and are not standaed bolts, but T-40 Torx head bolts. Also, it would be
impossible to get to the bolts becuase the seat is on top! So you have to unbolt the seat first, slide it all the way forward
and remove the front bolts, then slide the seat all the way to the rear and undo the rear bolts from the back of the Jeep. It
really helps to remove the rear seat first to provide access.
Once the seat is unbolted and removed, it is possible to unbolt the sliders. Each side is an individual piece, and when
unbolted, the two sides and the handle make three pieces. The only thing holding the handle in place is the two sliders. Once
a slider is removed, the handle will fall out.
You really don't have to remove the sliders at all, but I did as this was a good chance to clean them up and re-grease.
The new seats simply sit on top of the sliders, so if you removed the sliders, replace them and set the seats on top. Use the
new bolts for the slider to seat and reuse the old bolts for the slider to riser. The instructions say to tighten everything
to 21 ft-lbs., so get out the torque wrench.
Wiring heated seats
The seats come with a wiring harness that would only require the installer to connect a power wire and ground the seats.
This is functional, and complete, however I didn't think it would be wonderful to have the switch on the seat itself when
I had modified my dashboard to accept switches for this type of accesseory. I already had run a hot wire from my custom
electrical/fuse box that resides under the hood to an accessory fuse block under the dash. It was a simple matter to modify
my dashboard addition to use the switched provided in the kit, 7.5 amp fuses in the accessory fuse box and hide the wires
to the seats. Make sure you leave enough slack to allow the seats to move on the sliders. Once the wiring was complete,
the seats warm up in about 2-3 minutes.